Just over a month before the third stage of the EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers the Lithuanian men’s basketball team head coach Darius Maskoliūnas announced an extended list of candidates. It contains 26 basketball players.
The list of candidates for the national team includes both new and seen faces. The coaching staff included Laurynas Beliauskas and Dovydas Giedraitis, who are currently playing in Spain, and Eigirdas Žukauskas, who is representing the Parma team. Vaidas Kariniauskas has also been included in the list of candidates. He had tremendous start for the Betsafe-LKL season. The last time he was representing the national team was at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Two youngsters from Kaunas „Žalgiris“ – Rokas Jokubaitis and Marek Blazevic have also received an invitation. However, their chances of participating in the tournament will be clear right before the start of the national team training camp.
Qualification games once again will take place in the bubble and will be played in the Vilnius Avia Solutions group arena. On February 20th, Lithuania will meet the Czech national team, which they beat in the first match with the result 97:89. On the February 22nd Lithuanians will play Denmark, who proved its advantage in the first game and won with the result 80:76. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. 30 min. and will be broadcast live on TV3 channel.
The Czech Republic (host of the tournament) and the two other top teams will qualify to the EuroBasket 2022 from Group C.